Daniil Kvyat believes there are “no obstacles” to returning to Formula 1 despite continuing problems with Russian drivers following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Daniil Kvyat, who made his NASCAR debut at Indianapolis in July, visited the Monza paddock for the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix last weekend.
Daniil Kvyat, 28, remains a credible candidate for a future F1 race, but only if he can overcome issues with his Russian nationality.
Indeed, according to a decision taken by the World Motor Sport Council in March, Daniil Kvyat must sign a commitment from the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) to race under the flag of neutrality and not be authorized in any way whether it be. show that I do not support Russia.
In the meantime, it is understood that Daniil Kvyat could potentially race under an Italian licence.
But whether F1 teams are willing to partner with drivers who have traditionally raced as Russians is another matter.
Daniil Kvyat started 110 Grands Prix for both Red Bull teams between 2014 and 2020 and spent the 2018 season as Ferrari’s reserve driver. His last F1 role was as a reserve for the Alpine F1 Team in 2021, where he also took part in the three-day Pirelli tire test.
Daniil Kvyat visited the team’s reception building in Monza and also met F1 team principal Otmar Szafnauer, a social call mainly to meet former colleagues. However, the Alpine F1 team has indicated that Kvyat is not being considered for the seat vacated by Fernando Alonso.
Despite this, Daniil Kvyat insists he hasn’t ruled out a future return to F1.
“I don’t think there are any absolutes,” Daniil Kvyat told Autosport.
“But of course at the moment the timing is probably not ideal. I hope one day we can talk about it again. Right now I’m racing in NASCAR and I’m welcome there. Really. We don’t ‘ve had no problems and we will have a few more races this year.”
“I’m satisfied. You know, I’ve always wanted to try my hand at NASCAR and I mentioned it, so in a way it was a little dream come true. Of course, it might take a while to really get to I’m patient, but a career in NASCAR can be very long if built right, and I’m excited to see how far we can go.
“Of course, Formula 1 will always have a special place in my heart. I hope that one day we can negotiate again, but I am still young. As some people have indicated, take a little break. If you come back after you’ve done it, you can still do well.”
Daniil Kvyat claims he can overcome all problems related to his nationality and his run in the European Championship.
“I’m open. I think I’ve given the green light in most categories here in Europe and America. Of course, there was a time when everything was very tense. Now I’m not so nervous. But , which unfortunately slowed down the progress of the negotiations a little.
“So now we’re back in negotiations and are open to see what we can get for 2023. Luckily there are options. I’m open. To answer your question, there’s nothing wrong with that. “
“People know my phone number, people know how to find me. I’m wearing a suit like this now. I can put on a racing suit. And I’m ready to race, Formula 1 is the easiest for me , jumping in a Formula 1 car is good, but jumping in a NASCAR car and driving them in four free practice laps is more difficult.
Kvyat’s biggest ally in the F1 paddock is his well-connected manager Nicola Todt, who also looks after Charles Leclerc.
“I have a lot of respect for him,” said Daniil Kvyat of Nicolas Todt.
“Of course Bok enjoys working with him. It certainly helps to be in
“I also have my own contacts, which also helps. A lot of things said may indicate one thing, but in reality it may be a little different.”